Steve's Wine Beer Spirits - University
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Candyland. I'm from Milwaukee, and even the beer stores there don't compete with the vast selection of Steve's micro brew selection. I like how they categorize their beers geographically!
They also post beers that are "new" and beers that are "sale" by putting stickers near the prices. I find this helpful, although they put a "new" sticker by Lakefront Eastside Dark, which is definitely not new. Perhaps someone got stuck in a beer time warp?
Staff is always friendly :D
07-31-2009 03:27:35 | More by MaltyHoppyGood
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I stopped here after an interview today. I was a little reluctant to go to this location based on the reviews. I didn't think they would have a great selection. Boy was I suprised. I was like Chunk from the Goonies in an ice cream shop when I walked in the door. Coming from Minnesota we have some great beers available. Wisconsin blows us the hell out of the water. At this location they had Dogfish head, new glarus, stone, capital, lakefront, viking, bear republic, great lakes, bells, founders, sprecher, sierra nevada, 3 floyds, and even smuttynose. There were many other standard craft brews that I can't even remember. For all the brewing companies listed above, they had the flagship brews and usually a few rare/once brewed beers and seasonals. To give you an idea of what was there, here was what I got:
--6-pack Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA
--4 pack DFH 90 min IPA
--Stone Arrogant bastard bomber
--Stone Oaked arrogant bastard bottle
--Stone smoked porter
--New glarus mixed pack (organic revolution, fat squirrel, IPA, and spotted cow)
--New glarus raspberry tart
--New glarus belgian red
--Stone Vertical Epic 08/08/08-last bottle
I was astounded by the selection. In addition to the great american crafts, they had a ton of Belgians. They had all the chimays, rocheforts, and many others. If this liquor store was down the street from me, I would be broke. That was the only downside by the way. It was a tad bit pricey. But it was so worth it. Definitely check out one of the "Steve's" locations if you are in Madison. I will be going back there again soon.
03-07-2009 05:44:33 | More by brewdoc75
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Steves, along with Riley's and Woodman's, has a deep selection of quality beer. Steve's also has some of the best prices, and their beer lady is always incredibly helpful in suggestions. Generally speaking, they do not hold beer reservations, but they will special order the beers that they can that are not in stock. Between Steves and Rileys, you can find almost any beer that hits madison that you would want to try (assuming you get there before it sells out for the limited release stuff).
Oh, and they have GREAT cheeses and a large wine selection too!
I love living a mile away from this place.
11-12-2011 21:07:46 | More by jegross2
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
12-7-08 update: this is my 2nd favorite place to shop for beer in madison (#1 rileys, #2 steves-univ). quality is always great and beer is extremely well rotated with some of the better prices in town. The cheese and wine selections are both top-notch
a bit closer than the mineral point location to my apartment...the consensus is that this is inferior to the other steve's but I dont really get that...This one has a little less beer but the quality is pretty great
theres a wrap around cooler of beer...heavy on the locals, great lakes, bells, founders, etc...nice rotating selection of singles ranging from local to west coast bombers, etc...theres some thomas hardy ales and a bunch of sweet belgians in the non-refrigerated section...they let you build your own 6pack at 10% off and they have been known to make calculations in your favor
10-25-2005 03:13:01 | More by dirtylou
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
i stop here as often as any other liquor store. the staff here is very nice. they aren't always the most informed (they're not beer geeks like the folks over at Steve's Liquor on Mineral Point), but they definitely will go out of their way to order you something rare if you ask them to. i give them a lot of credit for that.
also, the cheese. hot damn if they don't have a cheese selection. seriously, you could get broke and fat eating cheese here. i'd recommend the Pleasant Ridge Reserve.
onto the beer. they have a good selection of local, all the Lake Louie, Central Waters, Tyranena, New Glarus, Viking, South Shore, Capital, Sprecher you need. All of it at a fair price. they have a pretty decent selection of non-local American beers, not as extensive as Riley's but they are definitely better when it comes to freshness. Imports are a lot like non-local American beers, decent selection that focuses on quality. all nationalities of beer are adequately represented, so if you're looking for a particular style you should be able to find an offering or two, but maybe not the exact one you had in mind.
10-11-2007 02:05:15 | More by nchrist13
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Quite similar to their Mineral Point location, but this one is different enough to warrant a stop at both.
More wine focused, but the beer selection does not suffer. Very clean, spacious inside, with a tasting room that sometimes is devoted to beer events (though typically, it focuses more on wine)
Staff is friendly, well-versed and love to chat.
The beer: Tons of regionals, Plenty of other quality craft brews and good imports. Belgian-leaning single collection, but plenty of British and German brews as well.
Single section is almost entirely different than the other location. That's where you'll find me.
Update: The selection here keeps growing and growing with new stuff nearly weekly. It used to be overshadowed by the original Steve's (Mineral Point). No longer. Although there may be a store or two with slightly better selections. The dedication to quality is unsurpassed. This is top of the line in Madison.
Update part 2: There are just a shitload of new beers arriving all the time. You want a specific Belgian, British or German brew? IF it is available in Madison, then it is available here (and usually only here). While this a positive in most aspects, the beer stock has outgrown the cooler, and many of the imports are displayed on the uncooled shelf. Never had anything off from them though. So keep on growing!
11-04-2002 21:07:16 | More by cokes
Steve's Wine Beer Spirits - University in Madison, WI
91 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.